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Oil companies may boost E&P spending after 2 years of declines: Barclays
[BENGALURU] Global oil and gas companies are expected to raise exploration and production (E&P) spending in 2017 by 7 per cent, marking the first increase in three years, Barclays said on Monday.
Oil prices have recovered after a more than two-year slump caused by a glut due to US shale oil flooding the market. Prices have risen about 21 per cent since Opec, which accounts for a third of global oil output, signed an agreement in November to curb supply.
Brent crude futures were down 2.03 per cent at US$55.94 a barrel at 1214 GMT on Monday. Prices had fallen to a more than 12-year low of US$27.10 last January. "With Opec putting a floor on oil prices, operators have greater confidence to drill and complete, although the early stages of the recovery will be uneven," Barclays analysts wrote in a report.
Barclays also said it expects North American oil companies to lead the spending growth with a 27 per cent jump. Production, however, is expected to fall as higher service costs are likely to dilute the effect of a larger budget, the brokerage said.
International spending is expected to increase 2 per cent, according to Barclays' survey of 215 global oil and gas companies. The survey was conducted when Brent was trading at about US$55 a barrel and WTI at US$50 a barrel.
Spending on offshore projects is expected to fall 20-25 per cent in 2017, compared with estimates of a 34 per cent fall in 2016.